The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services at Lock Haven University takes pride in its’ excellent and affordable education.” It builds each business program upon a foundation of the liberal arts and sciences, creating the right blend to develop competent, effective, diversified leaders. Professors are knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced and able to give personal attention to every student. The combination of excellent professional programs, experiential learning opportunities, co-curricular activities, and local and global partnerships equips business students to compete for top positions and find career satisfaction successfully.
The ACBSP-accredited business programs find their home in the Department of Business & Computer Science, where the focus is on undergraduate degrees. Students can earn an Associates in Business Administration with a Management track or a Healthcare Management track, a Bachelors in Accounting, or a Bachelors in Business Administration. The BBA provides concentrations in Management, Business Intelligence, Marketing, Finance & Economics, International Business, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Business minors include Business, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Economics.
LHU automatically awards a percentage of its merit scholarships to first-year students based on their SAT/ACT scores and GPA. Business-specific scholarships are the Galgoci Accounting Scholarship, Bargains Business Scholarship, and the Poorman Female Entrepreneurial Leader Scholarship. The Gilman International Scholarship Program helps pay for study abroad trips. Business students can join a faculty-led trip to Jamaica or Italy or a semester/year-long trip to a variety of locations. They can study business in Spain, Austria, at Tunghai University in Taiwan, at Bilkent University in Turkey, at the University of Paderborn in Germany, and the University of New England in Australia.
Poorman arranges many opportunities for students to connect with area business professionals like the Partner-ED program, experience hands-on learning, and develop professionally. Global business leaders speak to students on campus. The Poorman Student Investment Fund provides real-world experience in managing investment portfolios. Internships are the ultimate package, where students experience it all. Poorman students have interned with H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, Liberty Tax Service, Disney, Little League International, Hershey’s, and S. Naval Academy.
A great way to build leadership, communication, teamwork, planning, and professional skills is through joining academic, creative, recreational, cultural, governance, special interest, or spiritual student organizations. Another provision is LHU’s MountainServe Center. It conducts service projects, donation drives, disaster relief projects, and projects with local community partners. The Center hosts the Hunger Bowl, Adopt a Family, and Children’s Fest. It even helps with education in Mexico, assisting Moroccan villages in accessing health care, and sending students on Alternative Spring Break trips.
The Haven Entrepreneurial Leadership Center provides the academic concentration and minor in entrepreneurship, research opportunities, educational programs, and resources for students and small businesses. Students get to attend events, hear from speakers, and participate in the Business Pitch and Business Plan competitions. The Center also offers the Nano-Incubator for Micro-Businesses to ‘trial’ a business idea by launching a bit of it online and seeing if it takes off.